The President’s Day holiday will be one of the first vacation days to go as Scotland County R-I School District works to make up the nine weather-related cancellations thus far this school year.

Freezing rain, snow and frigid temperatures took turns harassing Scotland County last week, resulting in numerous closings and cancellations. Unfortunately more is being forecasted for this week.

Scotland County R-I School district was hit the hardest. The week started off with a two-hour delay on Monday morning and never got going after that, as classes were canceled the rest of the week.

Freezing drizzle overnight Monday forced classes to be cancelled Tuesday as temperatures were not expected above freezing before noon.

Blowing, drifting snow the following day again forced school to be cancelled. While temperatures warmed up on Thursday, the melting snow proved a hazard the following days as re-freezing created icy conditions.

“Combine that with -20 degree wind chill factor and it was just not a safe day to bring our students and families out,” said Superintendent Ryan Bergeson.  “It definitely was not a great day to be running our buses.”

As of Monday, January 28. 2019, Scotland County R-I had missed seven days for weather-related cancellations, losing two more to the frigid cold on January 29th and 30th to bring the total to nine.

One of those days has already been made up, with classes being in session on Monday, January 21st, which had been an off day scheduled for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

That leaves seven additional makeup days, which are tentatively scheduled for February 19th, with dismissal at 1:05 for professional development; April 23; and May 22-24; and May 28th. If necessary, additional makeup days are built into the schedule for May 29-31.

“The state legislature passed a law in 2010 which outlines the number of days we need to make up,” said Bergeson. “We only have to make up a total of 10 weather cancellations but it is not as simple as just the first 10 days.”

However he noted that every school day missed must be made up only until the seventh day. At that point, one day must be made up for every two days missed until 14 days are missed. After the 14th day, no more days are required to be made up.

Having already missed the nine days, the next weather-related cancellation will not result in another makeup day. An 11th cancellation would require another makeup day, as would 13th cancellation until all 10 make up days are met.

The superintendent also noted that there currently is no provision in the law to make up inclement weather days by adding minutes or hours to the end of the school day.

The Lady Tigers basketball team was able to play the championship game of the North Shelby Tournament Saturday afternoon, January 26th, a week after the game was postponed due to the poor weather.

The extracurricular schedule was hammered by Mother Nature. The varsity basketball games at Schuyler County were postponed Tuesday, January 22nd and again on Wednesday, January 23rd before being rescheduled for Thursday, February 7th. The games set for Thursday, January 24th at Marceline were also canceled and rescheduled for Wednesday, February 13th. That forced another move, as the games versus Milan that were set for Thursday February 14th, were moved to the following evening to avoid playing games three straight nights.

SCR-I was back in session Monday, January 28th. However the varsity basketball games that night versus Marion County were postponed due to travel concerns for the visiting team. The SCR-I junior varsity teams traveled to Unionville for the Putnam County Tournament as scheduled. The Marion County games were rescheduled to Thursday, January 31st in Memphis. SCR-I is scheduled to host Fayette Friday, February 1st for Courtwarming.

Tuesday night, January 29th, SCR-I was to host Salisbury in games that had been rescheduled from Friday, January 14th due to the weather, but those games were again postponed with no makeup date yet announced.